Category: Coal

Guest opinion: Reclamation lags in Montana, Wyoming coal country – Billings Gazette, June 14, 2015

June 15, 2015
By Steve Charter In 1973, my mother and other Montana ranchers traveled to Washington, D.C., to make the case for a strong reclamation law that would protect our lands and livelihoods from being ravaged by coal strip mining. It took years but, in 1977, the law that we helped shape finally passed. The federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act represented a landmark in holding a powerful industry accountable and preventing long-term damage that has historically marked the...
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Tribal members, ranchers tell regulators to spike Tongue River railroad project – Billings Gazette, June 9, 2015

June 9, 2015
By Derek Brouwer Those who would be neighbors of what could become the country’s largest coal mine near Ashland gave an earful Monday to federal regulators who are reviewing plans for the railroad tied to it. Ranchers and Northern Cheyenne tribal members spoke out against the proposed Tongue River Railroad during the first of five days of public hearings, saying the line would trample their land and questioning the environmental analysis completed by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board....
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New report: Coal industry’s financial woes threaten to shift billions in clean-up costs to U.S. taxpayers – June 9, 2015

June 9, 2015
Report highlights lagging reclamation on Western coal mines By the Western Organization of Resource Councils BOZEMAN, Mont. (June 9, 2015) – As the financial pressures on the coal industry mount, a new $3 billion threat to taxpayers is emerging in the form of self-insured coal companies potentially walking away from reclamation obligations, leaving the public holding the bag on costs for restoring large swaths of Western lands scarred by mining. According to a new report released today by...
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Letter: Columnist ignored the threats of coal – Bozeman Daily Chronicle, June 4, 2015

June 5, 2015
How can we not be incredulous? Alan Olson, despite being a shill for the coal companies, should surely know better. He writes an op-ed proposing increases in coal mining and shipping without mentioning the impact on the health of Montana's citizens and the other consequences of increased numbers of coal trains on the cities through which they will pass. Not a word! There is enormous mounting evidence demonstrating the overwhelming impact of coal mining, shipping and combustion on...
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Many voice their opposition to Tongue River Railroad – Billings Gazette, June 4, 2015

June 4, 2015
INCLUDES VIDEO By Mike Ferguson About 25 people gathered Wednesday to hear and talk about why they don’t want federal regulators to approve the Tongue River Railroad. A 4,000-page draft Environmental Impact Statement on the construction of the proposed railroad, which would carry coal from the proposed Otter Creek coal mine in southeastern Montana, includes 11 alternatives, one of which is to do nothing. Tongue River Railroad prefers a 42-mile route that runs from Colstrip southeast to a...
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‘People’s Hearing’ held for proposed Tongue River Railroad – KTVQ TV, June 4, 2015

June 4, 2015
ALSO HAS VIDEO By David Jay BILLINGS - The proposed Tongue River Railroad in southeastern Montana that would haul coal from Otter Creek near Ashland is now going through the environmental review process. But a group of environmentalists and land owners say the federal government has ignored their concerns. The Surface Transportation Board has not scheduled any public meetings in Billings. The Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council and Northern Plains Resource Council held what they called a "People's Hearing"...
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Press release: EPA cites fracking vulnerabilities to drinking water – June 4, 2015

June 4, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 4, 2015 EPA Releases Draft Assessment on the Potential Impacts to Drinking Water Resources from Hydraulic Fracturing Activities Assessment shows hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources and identifies important vulnerabilities to drinking water resources. WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing a draft assessment today on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources in the United States. The assessment, done at...
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Coal debate heats up as transportation board denies Missoula’s request for public hearing – Missoulian, June 3, 2015

June 3, 2015
By Martin Kidston The federal Surface Transportation Board has denied a Missoula City Council request asking the agency to hold public hearings in Missoula as it considers a southeast Montana coal mine and a railroad spur needed to move the ore to distant ports. Rather, the agency said it will hold an online public meeting for people who live outside the immediate project area. In a resolution passed in June 2014, city leaders said the Otter Creek Mine...
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How soil can save us – Billings Outpost, May 28, 2015

June 2, 2015
By WILBUR WOOD Nicole Masters is an agro-ecologist from New Zealand who thinks that “dirt” is a four letter word – the kind of word you avoid saying in (what we used to call) “polite company.” When she uttered that word – at a four-hour seminar on the Charter Ranch north of Billings, Saturday, May 23 – she often would raise an index finger to her lips and whisper “shhh.” The four-letter word that Nicole Masters heartily approves...
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Letter: Concerns about proposed Tongue River Railroad – Helena Independent Record, May 26, 2015

May 27, 2015
The Surface Transportation Board (STB) recently issued its EIS for the Tongue River Railroad (TRR). The TRR will unnecessarily duplicate rail and mine capacity in the Powder River Basin to, in part, supply two export facilities in Washington state with coal. At present, almost six coal trains pass through Helena each day for about 2,000 trains a year, or one train every four hours. The STB said Washington's export facilities would be able to export to Asia 100,000,000...
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